I remember when the rumor going round was that the band has been banned from the Hampton area. So it was nifty when they billed themselves as the Warlocks. That and the fact that they dusted off Dark Star (though it had been played in '84) and Attics (not since '72) makes people think this has emerged to be the best-show-ever due to circumstance, without actually critiquing the music. Truth is, though far from the near-trainwreck of the night before, it's not a top five show of '89. It is, however, a top ten, and it was cool that tapes spread fast in the following months. Also, the official CD set is HACD from 24-track and, if you get the chance on HACD gear, the sound is fantastic.
1st Set. Feel Like a Stranger starts hot and Built to Last is far from the usual clunk. Ramble on Rose gets better and better. We Can Run may be in its best version. Who knows? This is about as good as this MOR sapfest gets. Jer never knew what to do with it, and why no Brent solo? Mydland's spotlights were like anger-inspired anti-rock. Jer then takes Jack-a-Roe spinning away, followed by a couple duds (both flub Row Jimmy).
2nd Set. PitB is uptempo and has a big early-set jam. Uncle John's is a wreck except for the middle jam. Back into Playin, there's a tension and things get hot until...doo doodle dee...doo doodle dee... If you like late-period Dark Star, this indeed is a winner. A few years of inspired thought as the dam bursts forth. Death Don't is one of three 89s and one of four 89/90s. This is the best, better than 9/26/89, and it's followed by a hot Fantasy. Brent's the anchor, surprisingly, of Attics (was it his idea?) and it gets a dirge-like rewrite that smacks of Death Don't.
1st Set: B 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 4 Stars
Feel Like a Stranger - The one on Without a Net
Built to Last - Not stellar but maybe best of '89
Ramble on Rose - One of best of '89
Jack-a-Roe - second only to 7/28/89
Playin>Dark Star - Quite the moment, inspired
Death Don't - better than 9/26/89
Dear Mr. Fantasy - tight
Other shows from '89 to check out:
New Years run (12/28, 12/30, 12/31)
Summer Solstice run (6/18, 6/19)
and, goes without saying: the Alpine Valley run
October 10, 2014 Subject:
rest of show is good - -and alot is great... but the Death Dont > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hey Jude is otherwordly. Jerry kicking serious ass on solos and brent vox outstanding. grate stuff
Please njpg..Voice your opinion about not being able to download.. But don't give it a rating because of it! This show freakin' kicks as PERIOD!! so please GIVE IT A WHIRL..The Mothership never let's us down!!!!
January 7, 2012 Subject:
Something to Keep Us All Happy....
I swear, I've had orgasms less intense than Jerry's first solo in DDHNM.
It's an *astonishing* second set, now I know it will be the best I'll see in my lifetime.
Is the 1st set "uneven" ? Yes. It is not a "perfect" show. but the PITB through Hey Jude sequence is the stuff of Dead dreams.
And, as usual, Charlie Miller's mix sounds better than the overpriced Warlocks boxed set.
Get it while you can. (And you CAN ! If you can hear it on this site, you can download it... Do your homework !)
Thanks again, CM... Your mix reveals details in the high end that somehow elude the "powers that be" and holders of the masters. (HOW can this be ? HCCD my Dead ass...)
Enjoy the best set of the 80's, and one of the last great shows, period.
January 6, 2012 Subject:
but you can't download this and the stream version has no track numbers.
September 27, 2010 Subject:
'Cuz Mr. Charlie Miller Told Us So
Finally, a full front-end on the Playin'. An eternal fan and conceptual favorite. These Warlocks shows were JUST RELEASED as part of the Road Trips series, so get yer RCA cables out and rip this one hey NOW b4 it's too late. Besides, you know you love listening to these while cleaning house on rainy daze anyways.
Charlie Miller, YOU da MAN!! Thanks for bringing new life to so many SBD recordings in the archival era beyond instant downloads. Now we all get to actually listen to these shows while sucking them into your drives.
Reviewer:East Coast Dave in WA
July 21, 2010 Subject:
5 stars for the breakouts/historical significance
I'll get chastised for this, but I think this is an uneven show (yes, I was there). It was great because of Dark Star/DDHNM, and Attics (I need to say that the Playin'>UJB smokes, too). The first set, to my ears, is solid but unremarkable, certainly not bad, but not exceptional, either. There's some pretty sloppy moments in a couple of the post-space numbers. This is a good show with moments of greatness, and you can't deny the historical factor, but if you weren't there, you can find as good or better versions of all the breakout songs from other shows on this tour (the Miami DS is my personal favorite, for example). I'm giving five for the circumstances, but playing-wise, it's just makes four.
December 31, 2008 Subject:
the best source on here
the best source of this show on here imo. this show is great and has a really awesome attics of my life encore, first one since 1972 at the cleveland public hall. it also has a better cassette sbd source for little red rooster, ramble on rose, row jimmy, stuck inside of mobile, and jack-a-roe